Saturday, June 20, 2009

An Ad

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What witless fools the left have become. The Iranian protesters have strong socialist inclinations and the left won't even get out and hold a sign to support them.

What we have here are basically misogynistic, pimple-faced boy thugs brutalizing women. And all the left can think about is keeping their options open to make sure they can have nukes.

And I am so tired of this garbage about not giving the pimply beasts any ammunition to label the protesters as U.S. puppets. A-jad and Khamenei have been saying that for a long time already. This is all about the narcissistic left valuing their own good feelings over reality on the ground. The "reality-based" community indeed.

Long Enough

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Later, we moved north, tentatively, watching the police lash out from time to time, reaching Victory Square where a pitched battle was in progress. Young men were breaking bricks and stones to a size for hurling. Crowds gathered on overpasses, filming and cheering the protesters. A car burst into flames. Back and forth the crowd surged, confronted by less-than-convincing police units.

I looked up through the smoke and saw a poster of the stern visage of Khomeini above the words, “Islam is the religion of freedom.”

Later, as night fell over the tumultuous capital, gunfire could be heard in the distance. And from rooftops across the city, the defiant sound of “Allah-u-Akbar” — “God is Great” — went up yet again, as it has every night since the fraudulent election. But on Saturday it seemed stronger. The same cry was heard in 1979, only for one form of absolutism to yield to another. Iran has waited long enough to be free.

Women In The Vanguard

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I don’t know where this uprising is leading. I do know some police units are wavering. That commander talking about his family was not alone. There were other policemen complaining about the unruly Basijis. Some security forces just stood and watched. “All together, all together, don’t be scared,” the crowd shouted.

I also know that Iran’s women stand in the vanguard. For days now, I’ve seen them urging less courageous men on. I’ve seen them get beaten and return to the fray. “Why are you sitting there?” one shouted at a couple of men perched on the sidewalk on Saturday. “Get up! Get up!”

Another green-eyed woman, Mahin, aged 52, staggered into an alley clutching her face and in tears. Then, against the urging of those around her, she limped back into the crowd moving west toward Freedom Square. Cries of “Death to the dictator!” and “We want liberty!” accompanied her.

There were people of all ages.

Unlike the student revolts of 2003 and 1999, this movement is broad.

O Emily Update

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Another “neeeeever mind” from President Obama, via Mike Gonzalez at Heritage:

Less than 24 hours after Heritage Foundation President Ed Feulner questioned the veracity of President Obama’s persistent claim that, under his health care proposals, “if you like your insurance package you can keep it”, the White House has begun to walk the President’s claim back. Turns out he didn’t really mean it.

According to the Associated Press, “White House officials suggest the president’s rhetoric shouldn’t be taken literally: What Obama really means is that government isn’t about to barge in and force people to change insurance.”

How’s that for change you can believe in?

The Iron Hand

There is sobbing of the strong,

And a pall upon the land;

But the People in their weeping

Bare the iron hand:

Beware the People weeping

When they bare the iron hand.


You couldn't imagin what I saw tonight, I walked down many streets(Vali
asr, keshavars, amir abad, Fatemi, Shademan, Satarkhan, Khosro), and I
was injured by tears gas, but the main thing : The big killer group,
called "Basij", weared our special military service group -"Sepah"-
dresses and they were all armed , I saw by myself one of them had only
around 15 years old!!!! and he had the shot order! I saw a girl injured
by gon shot (in Amir abad St.)! and there weren't enough ambulances . I
walked through Shademan St. they start shooting , a young boy in front
of my eyes murdered , and 3 other people were injured , there were also
a big fight between people and Basij at Tohid Sq. 7 people was murdered
I walked from my company to my home , It was taken 4 hours and I
couldn't be able to make a video , cause I was in the middle of

Death To Khamenei

The chants of death to Khamenei are true...I witnessed peoples fear of
the Basij dissapear, an 80 year old chadori woman with rocks in her
hands calling for the exacution of khamenei and all Basij...A group of
Basij were surrounded and forced in to a building, the front was
blocked with garbage and set on fire, They (basij) opened fire on the
crowd with what I assume were blanks, the crowed disspersed for a
moment the came back with a fury...thats when the molotov cocktails
came out. When I moved on the building was on hour later when
I passed by again there wasn't much of a building left. There was full
blown war...there was a young man who had taken all of a basij's things
including their teargas rifle.
for 15 minutes of it
we were passing intermitently though Basij and protesters fires placed
to displace the teargas... might I add the 3 hours that we walked
through fire we didn't see one shop or car that had been damaged by

The Women

Girls are extremely active in all these rallies
(a little less in night riots where patches of young men are more
visible). They courageously charge anti-riot police, chant slogans in
front of them, lead the crowd, etc., but they are equally beaten too.
The police seem to have no limit in the use of force. They are
disproportionately violent. They don't use fire weapons, but they don't
go easy on you with their clubs. They literally beat up protesters to
death if they don't get rescued by fellow protesters or somehow break
away and run. The level of brutality is exceptional, but it is amazing to see
how people stand up to them. I heard from many witnesses that thugs
were brought by bus from smaller cities to assist police in the

Is Now Being?

They're afraid of murdering too many
protesters all at once.  Eventually the protesters will come to
understand how to work around this.

They can't open their
telecomm pipes, because the minute they do 3 million people will know
how and where to gather, and the world will get to see thousands of
videos showing horrific instances of state violence against its

They have to open their telecomm pipes, because their economy cannot function without telecomm.

They can't repress too much, because the cleric support base will tip against them.

is waiting to find out who'll keep his financial empire running.  He's
going to come to conclude the current leadership's promises cannot be
trusted; the country is now being run by a Fascist Islamic Mafia.

And Iran's negotiations on their nuclear
program?  Suspended indefinitely due to lack of credibility; nobody
will believe anything they say now.


Umm, has been for 30 years. And BTW, even if the protesters succeed, don't count on a tremendous improvement.

Although, at the rate O Duce is going I may still want to emigrate there.

OFinally OSupport

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The Iranian government must understand that the world is watching. We mourn each and every innocent life that is lost. We call on the Iranian government to stop all violent and unjust actions against its own people. The universal rights to assembly and free speech must be respected, and the United States stands with all who seek to exercise those rights.

As I said in Cairo, suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away. The Iranian people will ultimately judge the actions of their own government. If the Iranian government seeks the respect of the international community, it must respect the dignity of its own people and govern through consent, not coercion.

Martin Luther King once said - “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” I believe that. The international community believes that. And right now, we are bearing witness to the Iranian peoples’ belief in that truth, and we will continue to bear witness.
I'm sure the lefty loons will now come out and condemn O Duce for getting involved in an "internal matter".

Just kidding. They'll be supporting anything he does. Completely uncritically with possibly the exception that makes the rule of Glenn Greenwald. (Disclaimer: Greenwald is a Sullivanesque loon on Iran, its just that he's actually been critical of O Duce on something regardless of whether it was an appropriate criticism.)

Friday, June 19, 2009

Where Is This Place?

Where is this place?
Where is this place that all paths are closed? All doors are shut?
Where is this place that no one helps us?

Where is this place that we shout out our words with only silence?
Where is this place?
Where is this place that its people’s only call is to God?
Where is this place that its cry of Allah-o Akbar ["God is Great"]
Grows louder and louder every minute?

Every day I wait to see if at night
The cries of “God is Great” grows louder or not.
I tremble as I hear them getting louder and louder.
I do not know if God trembles too or not.

Where is this place that we the innocents are stuck in [imprisoned]?
Where is this place that no one can help us?
where is this place that we are only shouting out our words with silence?
Where is this place that the youth are killed and people stand in the street and pray?
They stand in the blood and pray.
Where is this place that people are called [vagrants] trouble makers?
Where is this place?

Of Price Controls And Tax Codes

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Since the end of the Second World War, Friedman explained, medical care in the U.S. has displayed three features: technological advances, increases in spending and rising dissatisfaction.

Yet the two final features proved unique to health care. While we were paying less and getting more when buying food or computers, in health care the opposite was happening.


Because, Friedman saw, most payments for medical care are made not by the patients who receive the care but by third parties, typically employers. Since, in Friedman's phrase, "nobody spends somebody else's money as wisely as he spends his own," this third-payer system by its very nature introduces inefficiencies throughout the health care system.

The reason for this wasteful third-party system? The tax code.

The policy mistake that produced this illogical mess took place during World War II, when the government imposed wage controls. Unable to compete for workers by paying them more, employers began providing medical care

The Cure

Maybe O Duce Will Help His Bud Amedinnerjacket And Throw ProtesterHelp In Jail

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"electronicmaji is reporting on the Daily Kos that the individual known as ProtesterHelp (also to be found on twitter) was attacked in Ohio for providing network security for Twitterers in Iran, setting up private networks to provide secure proxies, calling for media networks to remove the Iranians Twitterers information from their broadcast, and providing counter-intelligence services (including Basiji and Army Locations) within the Twitter community. ProtesterHelp was allegedly attacked by a group of men while walking to class in Ohio. The men, who appeared to ProtesterHelp to be either Iranian or Lebanese, drove up besides him and threw rocks at him while shouting, 'Mousavi Fraud.' ProtesterHelp further reported that his personal information has been leaked, and is currently being spread both online and inside of Iran amongst the government."
I wouldn't put it past him.

The Solution Is Always More Government. Uggh.

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Just About Iran?

In any case, the spokesman for Mousavi, the man at the center of those streets protests of these last days, says it it not just about Iran, but the world.

Iran is a very important country in the region, and the changes in Iran could have an influence everywhere. So as a result, it's not only an internal matter -- it's an international problem. If Iran could be a democratic Islamic country, that would be a pattern, a role model, for other Islamic countries. And even if Iran has a terrorist image [today], it would be a model for other countries [in the future].

Perhaps the most interesting comments from Makhmalbaf came when he was asked what he told Europeans on a recent trip to the European Parliament. "I asked the European Parliament to listen to the voice of the people of Iran who are in the streets. They don't want Ahmadinejad. They don't want nuclear bombs. They don't want atomic bombs. They want peace in the world and democracy in Iran."


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But, but Obama said he didn't care! He'd be happy with either guy, just as long as someone with a nifty Iranian accent would talk to him!

Iran accused the United States on Wednesday of "intolerable" meddling in its internal affairs, alleging for the first time that Washington has fueled a bitter postelection dispute. Opposition supporters marched in Tehran's streets for a third straight day to protest the outcome of the balloting.

The Iranian government summoned the Swiss ambassador, who represents U.S. interests in Iran, to complain about American interference, state-run Press TV reported.

The English-language channel quoted the government as calling Western interference "intolerable."

Gee, who couldn't have seen that coming?

Frankly, I was shocked that the State Dept. seems to have actually asked Twitter to skip scheduled maintenance. Must have been some low level grunt not getting the memo.

Man Of The Cities

Now, let's compare that to the percentage of the vote that Ahmadinejad received in each province in the first round of the 2005 election:
This is, obviously, a rather strong correlation. In 2005, Ahmadinejad was a man of the cities.


What’s really fascinating about what’s happening right now in 2009 is that it looks a lot like what was happening in 1979. And there’s a very simple reason for that. The same people are in charge — I mean, Mousavi, Rafsanjani, Khatami, Medhi Karroubi, the other reformist candidate — these were all the original revolutionaries who brought down the Shah to begin with, so they know how to do this right.

And so what you’re going to see tomorrow is something that was pulled exactly out of the playbook of 1979, which is that you have these massive mourning rallies, where you mourn the deaths of those who were martyred in the cause of freedom. And these things tend to get a little bit out of control, they often result in even more violence by the security forces and even more deaths, which then requires another mourning rally which is even larger, which then requires more violence from the government, and this just becomes an ongoing snowball that can’t be stopped.

Umm, Actually, Yes It Would

The new transcripts provide some limited new insight into the interaction between the CIA and its prisoners.

[Khalid Sheik] Mohammed. . .appears to have invoked the U.S. Constitution to protest his treatment.

He described the response he received: "You are not American, and you are not on American soil. So you cannot ask about the Constitution."

Mohammed also said he lied in response to questions about bin Laden's location.

"Where is he? I don't know," Mohammed said. "Then he torture me. Then I said yes, he is in this area."

The Post's claim that this transcript sheds "insight into the interaction between the CIA and its prisions" assumes that the testimony of the bloodthirsty terrorist is truthful. If his testimony is false, it sheds no insight, "limited" or otherwise; it is mere disinformation.

The Post, I trust, would not assume the veracity of an ordinary criminal's testimony about his guilt or innocence or about his interaction with the police.

A Witness

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By all accounts, the May 20 meeting was contentious

Our witness, a staff member, said the board was hostile and rude. He said the board repeatedly interrupted Mr. Walpin and peppered him with questions on multiple issues. He fully confirmed Mr. Walpin's account that the board excused Mr. Walpin for 15 minutes and that when Mr. Walpin returned to find his notepapers out of order, the board refused to give him time to get them straight.

Mr. Walpin says he had been working around the clock and was becoming ill at the meeting. Still, any confusion, the witness said, stemmed at least as much from the board's hectoring behavior as from Mr. Walpin's own doing. Either way, a charge that "disorientation" is enough to "question" an independent official's "capacity to serve" should rest on more than one incident. Nobody has claimed that Mr. Walpin has shown any confusion, not the slightest bit, before or since that meeting.

3 And Counting...

The dispute comes as Grassley, ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, is looking into the abrupt firings within the last week of two other inspectors general one of whom was fired by the White House and the other by the chair of the International Trade Commission.

 Both inspectors general had investigated sensitive subjects at the time of their firings.

Grassley is now concerned about whether a pattern is emerging in which the independence of the government's top watchdogs -- whose jobs were authorized by Congress to look out for waste, fraud and abuse -- is being put at risk.

One of the other IGs is Neil Barofsky, tasked with watching over the financial stimulus spending. The article raises questions as to whether or not the Obama administration is trying to stymie an investigation with dubious claims of attorney-client privilege.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


In this video Kianoosh Sanjari reveals:

** Ayatollah Khomenei's grand-daughter was arrested during a recent demonstration.

** Former President Rafsanjari's daugher marched in the protest tonight in Tehran.

** On the night of the election after his vote Rafsanjari called on the people to demonstrate.

** There is a great split between the two factions of hardliners and moderates. It is reminescent of the 1979 revolution.

** The people of Iran will not forgive Barack Obama for siding with the evil regime.
** The protesters are communicating anyway they can. The regime has been trying to shut down communications. At the rally each day the protesters carry signs that announce the next rally. This is how they are communicating.
** Thousands of doctors and nurses in their uniforms were protesting in the street yesterday.
** There is a cyber-war going on in Iran today between the moderates and the hardliners. Each group is trying to take down the other groups websites.


And so I encourage both sides in this
exciting contest to "keep it cool," and "play within yourself." Whether
you are a "shirt" or a "skin," let's all respect the game. Are you a
member of the Revolutionary Guards who just laid out a student
demonstrator with a vicious, bone-jarring hit? Instead of taunting him,
offer your hand to help him back to his feet. This will be a polite
sign of mutual competitive respect before your next vicious,
bone-jarring hit. Are you the student demonstrator? After collecting
your teeth, congratulate the Guard on his his awesome hit. This will
let the Guard know that you are a good sport, and committed to continue
your dialogue without preconditions. At the end of the day, we need to
leave our differences on the court and start focusing on the dangerous
enemy who threatens all of us: Dick Cheney.

The most
important thing is that you get this distracting sudden death shootout over with, because it's
really screwing with my legislative agenda.

The Moment To Stand!

The broad picture of Saddam Hussein going down -- available even to the audiences of tightly-regulated State media -- remains, indelible. Precedent is the cutting edge in politics and life; the breaching of taboos. Nothing is possible until it is shown to be possible.

Barack Obama deserves some credit, too. If nothing else, his Cairo speech persuaded those who want an end to tyranny in Iran, as elsewhere in the region, that they are now on their own. The U.S. isn't going to help them. Instead, as Obama said, the U.S. is going to negotiate in "good faith" -- with just such despicable regimes as that of the ayatollahs in Iran.

Quite possibly, in the grander scheme of things, Bush, followed by Obama, will prove a good thing. But if it ends badly, it will end very badly, in Islamist triumph, and perhaps nuclear war.
But, cherchez la femme! What made Mousavi the fuse for an explosive force was not himself, but his wife, Zahra Rahnavard.
"This is the moment to stand!"

Photoshopping The Coup

However, here’s a clue.

If you need to photoshop supporters into a picture of a rally, you probably have problems.


Bubble, Krubble, Toil And Trouble

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To fight this recession the Fed needs more than a snapback; it needs soaring household spending to offset moribund business investment. And to do that, as Paul McCulley of Pimco put it, Alan Greenspan needs to create a housing bubble to replace the Nasdaq bubble.

Well, we got the housing bubble, anyway.

The Bright Line

Here's a bright line standard: when your policemen wear ski masks, it's time for a new regime.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

COTD: State Within A State

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However it is highly appropriate to see the Iranian theocracy through the prism of western totalitarism, e.g. Nazism. The historical parallels between Ahmadinejad’s IRGC and Hitler’s (or rather Heinrich Himmler’s) SS are very striking. The SS was also a “state within a state” and represented a separate branch of the German military that was directly loyal to the Nazi Party. Hitler and his crew originally used the SS as their own private army as a counter to Ernst Roehm’s SA (Sturm Abteilung). The SA was naturally Ernst Roehm’s own private army. During the “Night of the Long Knives”, the SA and SS slugged it out with the SS becoming victorious thus propelling Hitler into undisputed power. There has been some indications that the IRGC is loyal directly to Ahmadinejad and NOT to the mullahs. In some ways this recent Iranian election can be seen as a historical parallel to the Nazi party’s election to the Reichstag on 31 July 1932.

And someone was getting too close to Americorps so he had to be removed.


describes his involvement with sincere Soviet intellectuals who were
moving toward political power after the collapse of Soviet power. The
political failure of these people was due, says Rasmussen, to the
“intrigues and dirty workings of the old KGB structures behind the
curtain we all thought had fallen.” He further added, “Alas, no
curtain ever fell. It was only moved to a position further backwards and
deep into the dark shades of backstage.” Such a position is necessary if
one intends to trigger a nuclear exchange between Muslim and Western

Furthermore, it may only be a matter of time before they
initiate a nuclear war against Israel and the United States on their own
timetable (in coordination with their Chinese, North Korean, Syrian and
Russian allies). 

strategic sequence logically follows from the thinking of Iran’s
leadership, which may be summarized by the oft-heard cry of “death to
Israel, death to America.” 

Wake Up, Wake Up, Wake Up

many years I have argued that Russia’s security services did not change
their ways when the Soviet Union became the Russian Federation and the
Commonwealth of Independent States. My book, Origins
of the Fourth World War
, published before Putin came to power, says
that secret totalitarian structures continue to work toward the old Soviet
strategic objectives in “former” Communist countries. The totalitarian
mentality continues under a new program. Is that so hard to grasp? Or do
we prefer the comforts of self-deception? 

matter what events transpire, no matter what evidence or testimony
emerges, no matter how many witnesses are assassinated, both conservatives
and liberals will refuse to acknowledge the deceptive nature of Russian
institutions. The Kremlin strategy to destroy America is not a paranoid
fiction. It is a forgotten historical fact in a time of forgetfulness.

if the Islamists have nuclear weapons then Moscow
and/or Beijing arranged for them to have the weapons

Social Work For Witless Socialists

In 1980, after Soviet tanks rumbled into Afghanistan, Pres. Jimmy Carter experienced an epiphany. The former Georgia governor who in 1977 liberated the U.S. from its “inordinate fear of Communism” and pecked Brezhnev on both cheeks, declaring that he and the Soviet leader “shared similar dreams and aspirations,” was shocked by this naked aggression. “The action of the Soviets,” he admitted, “made a more dramatic change in my opinion of what the Soviets’ ultimate goals are than anything they’ve done the previous time I’ve been in office.”

Some people are slow learners. Leave aside the 20 million dead under Stalin, the subjugation of Eastern Europe, the Gulag, and the show trials. In just the previous decade, the Soviets had tried and jailed Natan Sharansky and Alexander Ginsburg
The liberal tendency to believe that international relations are a form of social work is unchanged.

Docs Under The Bus

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I‘m not sure what part of this Obama doesn’t understand.

On the one hand, he told doctors at the AMA convention yesterday that he was not a fan of tort reform and felt that limits on malpractice cases was a disservice to those who were truly injured.

On the other hand he made this case:

Not long ago, doctors’ decisions were rarely questioned. Now they are being blamed for a big part of the wasteful spending in the nation’s $2.5 trillion health care system. Studies have shown that as much as 30 cents of the U.S. health care dollar may be going for tests and procedures that are of little or no value to patients.

Somehow, apparently, he doesn’t understand the linkage. But AP’s Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar thinks there’s a much more basic reason than Obama not understanding the linkage:

If Obama announced support for malpractice limits, that would set trial lawyers and unions—major supporters of Democratic candidates—on the attack. Not to mention consumer groups.


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After being briefed today on President Obama’s firing last week of Gerald Walpin, Inspector General of the Corporation for National and Community Service, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said the president did not abide by the same law that he co-sponsored – and she wrote – about firing Inspectors General.

“The White House has failed to follow the proper procedure in notifying Congress as to the removal of the Inspector General for the Corporation for National and Community Service,” McCaskill said. “The legislation which was passed last year requires that the president give a reason for the removal.”

McCaskill, a key Obama ally, said that the president’s stated reason for the termination, “’Loss of confidence’ is not a sufficient reason.”

Stay tuned. Here’s more from Byron York, who’s been on top of this story.


It has been suggested that Obama is well-advised not to speak up in favor of the dissidents because taking their side would enable the regime to de-legitimize the opposition as tools of evil America. Some have even speculated that the Iranian opposition has asked the U.S. to remain largely silent.

The former claim is extremely difficult to assess; the latter is probably impossible. But we can note the tension between these claims and the view that Obama has made major inroads in influencing Muslim public opinion. For if Obama's popularity extends beyond Iran's student activists and intellectuals, a group that traditionally is pro-American or has no serious quarrel with the U.S., then his support should not be a liability for the opposition. And if his broader popularity is somehow contingent on not criticizing repressive dictators, then that popularity doesn't seem worth cultivating except for egotistical reasons.

O Character

A few weeks back, when Chrysler bondholders refused to endorse a deal that they felt was disproportionately onerous to their interests, not to mention contrary to bankruptcy law and many years of common business practice, President Obama had no difficulty declaring, "I do not stand with these people."

I may be mistaken, but I believe those were the most direct, clearest, and unequivocal words uttered by Mr. Obama on any issue since the day he was sworn into office.

Of course, he was not talking about any mullah dictators, or terrorists, or even white-collar swindlers, but many ordinary Americans like teachers and policemen. Their union pension funds had invested in Chrysler debt, and their retirements were now threatened by the valuations placed on their bonds by the proposed deal.

Contrast that statement with his kid glove handling of Ahmadinejad and the rest of the mullahocracy, and you have to really wonder about this man's character.


An anonymous Iranian with the handle “Censored Name” posted something a little bit different on his Facebook page.

What I saw today was the most elegant scene I had ever witnessed in my life. The huge number of people were marching hand in hand in full peace. Silence. Silence was everywhere. There was no slogan. No violence. Hands were up in victory sign with green ribbons. People carried placards which read: Silence. Old and young, man and woman of all social groups were marching cheerfully. This was a magnificent show of solidarity. Enghelab Street which is the widest avenue in Tehran was full of people. I was told that the march has begun in Ferdowsi Sq. and the end of the march was now in Imam Hossein Sq. to the further east of Tehran while on the other end people had already gathered in Azadi Sq. The length of this street is about 6 kilometers. The estimate is about 2 million people.

The Danger

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The danger liberalism poses to the American experiment comes from its disposition to deplete rather than replenish the capital required for self-government. Entitlement programs overextend not only financial but political capital. They proffer new "rights," goad people to demand and expand those rights aggressively, and disdain truth in advertising about the nature or scope of the new debts and obligations those rights will engender. The experiment in self-government requires the cultivation, against the grain of a democratic age, of the virtues of self-reliance, patience, sacrifice, and restraint.